Versant measures a variety of language skills and competencies anywhere, at any time, using patented AI technology to help your organisation set a global standard level of communication – and get a view on language proficiency fast.

Tests for Speaking, Writing, Listening, Reading skills

Available 24/7 – no appointment needed

Used in over 100 countries

Scored 350 million tests since 1996

How Versant can help your business

Maximize ROI with flexible testing

Versant can be administered any time, on demand, on any device, anywhere in the world, and scored automatically within minutes.

Score objectively without bias

Versant reliably measures core language skills, without the influence of interviewer mood, cultural knowledge, or likes/dislikes.

Reduce recruitment costs and mistake hires

Versant allows you to accurately identify people with below-par communication skills and screen them out during the recruitment process.

How Versant can help your business

Versant Speaking Test

  • 15 minutes
  • 63 questions
  • 6 task types: reading, sentence builds, repeats, story retelling, short answer questions, open questions

Versant Writing Test

  • 35 minutes
  • 42 questions
  • 5 task types: typing, sentence completion, dictation, passage reconstruction, e-mail writing

Versant 4 Skills Test

  • 30 minutes
  • 70 questions
  • 6 task types: repeats, sentence completion, sentence builds, dictation, conversations, passage reconstruction

Versant English Placement Test

  • 50 minutes
  • 81 questions
  • 9 task types: read aloud, sentence completion, repeat, dictation, sentence builds, passage reconstruction, conversations, summary & opinion, typing

Versant Professional English Test

  • 60 minutes
  • 58 questions
  • 10 task types: sentence completion, passage reconstruction, reading comprehension, e-mail writing, dictation, response selection, passage comprehension, repeat, speaking situations, story retellings

Candidates can take the test anytime anywhere

Versant gives you the power to run testing according to your schedule and your needs.

Website delivery

Candidates can take any Versant test online via desktop or laptop.

Mobile app delivery

Candidates can use our mobile app to take the Versant spoken test from anywhere, with or without service.

Remote monitoring

For additional security and confidence in recruitment, the remote monitoring option uses AI to verify candidate identity and flag suspicious behaviour when testing offsite.

Software delivery

Securely test your candidates onsite and offline with our software-based delivery option.

The Global Scale of English (GSE)

The GSE is a simple, standardized scale for pinpointing reading, writing, listening and speaking skills precisely and accurately.

It results from extensive global research enabling employers to confidently set benchmarks for specific roles, receive unparalleled insights into employee skills, and support professional development with highly personalised learning pathways.

All Versant by Pearson English Tests provide a GSE score so that you can accurately and meaningfully assess candidates.

Detailed diagnostics to drive better decisions

Score reports are automatically generated using Pearson’s patented AI scoring system after a candidate completes a test.

The technology predicts how expert human interviewers would score a test, allowing for instant, unbiased results within minutes of completion.

The reports provide:

  • At-a-glance view of overall communicative proficiency.
  • Detailed descriptions of candidate’s performance in each skill, and suggestions on how to improve.
  • Score alignment to Global Scale of English (GSE) and the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Test administration and data at your fingertips

Organisations have access to an all in one test management platform, which enables you to easily:

  • Set controls on what candidate data is captured
  • Set passing scores
  • Flexibly group candidates according to business requirements
  • Distribute tests, results and certificates
  • Analyze individual and aggregate test performance data

Let us show you how Versant can support you

Talk with our Talent Solutions team to learn how Pearson can help you improve business outcomes through cutting-edge assessment and e-learning.